Hey guys. Been trolling these forums for years, shaping many of mine and my family's purchases/trips/experiences on the snow. So many thanks!
Anyway, I'm in the market for a new pair of skis. I'm 5'11", 175. 40 years old. I've made the mistake of choosing gear based on the skier I used to be and think I still am... I'm now an advanced intermediate/recovering expert, and will spend most of my time with my wife on blue east coast groomers.
My current skis are Blizzard 7.6, 167, and I intend to keep them for many of the days we ski. However, looking for wider skis to add for several reasons. My sons are getting to the point where we will soon be dropping the wife off after lunch and charging harder. We have family in Colorado, and have begun hitting the resorts there for at least one week per year. Imagine I will still favor groomers, but want something that I can get through light powder, will be much better in crud, and won't force me to be "on" 100% of the time. I'm by no means lazy on the mountain, but fun and enjoyable trumps speed every day. I also prefer slightly quicker turns (the East Coast habit).
Ideally I'd like something I can ski most of our days in VT and Berkshires, but also bring out west and be able to love them 90% of the time with the exception of true deep powder days. Want a ski that will react well in the trees and very occasional bumps, have excellent grip on hard snow for it's width, and be ideal for normal mid-winter groomers at your Snowmass, Steamboats, etc... For ice, I'll stick with my Blizzards and for powder I'll demo. But looking for a happier quiver....